Sunday, March 1, 2020

Plum Perfect Crochet Throw


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Make this eye-catching filet crochet throw blanket in just a week! Bold purple and crisp white worsted weight yarn in double crochet stitches! This crochet throw is a breeze to make for any level of crocheter! Add a touch of bold color to your sofa or recliner!

I know it's March now, and I know this isn't green (although I probably could have used a gorgeous green instead of purple) but I had to make this blanket and share it with you right away! It's another blanket done in length instead of width and it's all double crochet-so easy!!


Here you can see the filet crochet pattern repeat. This was a little different than my usual blanket patterns with multiples. I don't have multiples on this one because I had to finagle around with how I wanted to begin the panels that had the filet crochet pattern to get it just centered. I didn't like having the filet pattern starting too close to the edge and I had already started my chain for how long I wanted the blanket to be. :-)



I really enjoyed making this blanket! Watching it come together as I finished each panel was a real delight. It took me about a week to make it, working on it mostly in the evening. Each panel is about One 7oz skein. So if you wanted to make yours wider than mine, then just pick up more skeins of each color and keep going!


Originally, I was going to just make it a wide, panel blanket. But as I was nearing the end, I began to notice that it was a little bland. So I decided to add fringe, and I really feel like that was a great decision because it definitely adds to the overall look of the throw!


I also ran a little short on the purple so to be safe, you should probably pick up extra for the fringe! I wasn't sure at first how long to make my strings for the fringe so I experimented by folding it in half and laying it against the end of the throw. I found that 12" was perfect since it will lose a little when tied onto the ends.


Although this crochet throw blanket is made in all double crochet with filet pattern, it is a bit heavy. Perfect for the lap on a cool night!
My version pictured here measures 106" long without the fringe, and 36" wide. The gauge that mine has for my tension using my favorite hook is 2" per 6 double crochets.


-MATERIALS-
~5mm/H8 Crochet Hook (Look in the right column of this page for my FAV brand!)
~1-7oz skein for each panel, in two contrasting colors
~Sharp scissors
~Darning needle


-PATTERN-
Ch. 288

Row 1: dc in 4th ch from hook and each ch across.

Row 2: Ch 3 and turn, dc in next dc, *ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from * across -end the row with dc in last dc and in tch

Row 3: Ch 3 and turn, dc in next dc, *dc twice in ch2sp, dc in next 2 dc, repeat from * -end the row with dc in last dc and in tch

Row 4 & 5: Ch 3 and turn, dc in next dc and each dc across. -end row with dc in tch

Row 6: Repeat row 2

Row 7: Repeat row 3

Row 8: Change color in the last loops of the final dc in the previous row
Ch 3 and turn, dc in next dc and each dc across. -end row with dc in tch

Row 9: Ch 3, dc in next 39 dec, ch 2, sk next 2 dc, *dc in next 39 dc, ch 2, sk next 2 dc, repeat from * scross. After 6th (ch2 & sk), dc in remaining 38 dc and in tch.

Row 10: Ch 3 and turn, dc in next 35 dc, *ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in next dc, ch 2, sk next ch2sp, dc in next dc, ch 2, sk next 2 dc, dc in next 33 dc, repeat from * across, after last filet-set, dc in last 36 dc and tch

Row 11: Ch 3 and turn, dc in next 21 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next 4 dc, *ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next dc, (ch 2, sk ch2sp)3 times, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, sk 2 dc, dc in next 3 dc, (ch 2,  sk 2 dc, dc in next 4 dc)2 times, repeat from * across, after last filet-set, dc in final 20 dc and tch

Row 12: Repeat row 10

Row 13: Repeat row 9

Row 14: Ch 3 and turn, dc in next dc and each dc and ch2sp across, end with dc in tch

Row 15: Change color in last loops of the final dc in previous row, repeat rows 1-7 here.

As you can see in the photos, you'll be changing panels when you change color. There are 7 rows per panel. For the fringe, I measured 12" pieces, and put 6 together per bundle. Then I wrapped them around the Ch3s of each row, matching the color of the row.

NOTE: If you find any discrepancies in this pattern, please don't leave a comment- use the form on the right of this page to send me a message and I'll fix the issue. You can also use that form to send me any help questions!



 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I really hope you enjoyed my pattern today! 


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February Love - Crochet Placemat Idea

crochet placemat heart pattern

Every once in a while, I like to do a sort-of pattern that's more of a Crochet Idea. Something you can whip up last minute, and possibly with scraps. For this one, I chose to do crochet placemats with little crochet heart "appliqued" to the corner.

It's made of a double crochet v-stitch. I looked over numerous crochet heart patterns on the web, trying to find one that I liked. I don't enjoy doing things complex if I'm short on time.

The heart I liked the most is from Lizzie Bella. I didn't make mine quite as large as she makes hers, but you can choose whichever size you like best for your placemats. You can get the crochet heart pattern here:  https://lizziebellablog.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/granny-square-heart-tutorial/

crochet placemat heart pattern

You can also choose where to place yours. I did a short voting survey of a small handful of my Facebook Group followers to see which placement they liked best. The single heart in the bottom right received the most votes.

For the border, I didn't want something plain, like a double crochet around. I went for the slanted crochet shell stitch. It's a multiple of 3, so when you finish your placemat, just do single crochets on each end in that multiple.

crochet placemat heart pattern

Previously, I've never really been sponsored by any crafting company. In January, I was approached by LoveCrafts.com to collaborate with them on a project with yarn they supply. So I picked out this beautiful yarn called Paintbox Yarns Simply DK. This yarn comes in 51 luscious shades to choose from and is available as 100% acrylic and 100% cotton. 

The colors I chose for my placemats are: (all acrylic) 
  • Vanilla Cream (107)
  • Red Wine (115)
  • Bubblegum Pink (150)
  • Blush Pink (153)
  • Candyfloss Pink (149)
I chose one skein of each color, but 2 of the Vanilla Cream. I will be making a project in the Spring with this same yarn, so do stay tuned to the blog!


-MATERIALS-
  • 1 Skein each of yarn listed above
  • H8/5mm Crochet Hook (look in the right column for my favorite!)
  • Darning Needle
  • Sharp Scissors


-PATTERN-
Ch 54

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across (this row will stabilize the bottom for when you want to add your border)

Row 2: ch 3, turn, sk next 2 sc, (dc2tog, ch 1, dc2tog)in next ch (dc V-stitch made), *sk next 2 sc, dc V-stitch in next sc, repeat from * across. Dc in last sc.

Repeat Row 2 until the placemat is your desired size.

The finished size of my placemat is 11 1/2" x 14" before adding the border. I made mine with 18 rows total.

I varied my colored rows, but did two rows of each color. I also varied my borders and my hearts for nice diversity. Make some today and share with us in our Facebook Group!


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